Sunday, February 28, 2010

Etsy on my mind...

Etsy on my mind....
So, it is a lazy Sunday afternoon,
and I have spent mine moving furniture and accessories around my house.
Which, of course,
leads to editing some things out
and the need for replacements.
And, since it is Sunday and all my local haunts (including my shoppe)
are closed today (I live in the south).
I got on line
All of the photos on today's blog are from Etsy sellers.
I mean look at these treasures that are to be had out in cyberland....
Don't they just make your toes curl?
And your heart skip a beat?
And your mind race with ideas?
And while nothing can compete with fresh air,
and girlfriends on a Saturday morning
hot on the trail of a collection and laughter on their lips...
it is good to know that Etsy
and all of its talented keepers are there
on a rainy day,
when you just can not get out of your pajamas,
when you have a napping child,
or your inspiration comes at 12:36am
So, check out Etsy today.
As if you probably haven't already!
but remember....
There is no place like home,
and no website will ever be better than the local shoppe keepers hard work.
( After all, I am one of those keepers)
The seller featured are:
luckyolivervintage, oldcrowfarm, dogsbodydalvage, Eclecticpelican, parcel1, thefrenchnestco, salinascraftroom, kgentinella, herroyalfatness, satisfind, newberrycottage, luxedeluxe, karmatrice, & a bushelandapeck

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photo Envy

Ok, let me begin by saying that I have total photography talent envy.
I have one of those fancy-smancy cameras that makes me look like I really know how to take some rockin' pictures,
but as with all technology, I refuse to read the manual...
Therefore, I really only know how to point and shoot, and what is captured is left up to chance.
I was actually quite proud when I learned how to
zoom in and out after a month of use.
Yeah, it is that fancy-smancy that even zoom took figuring out.
So, even with me lugging my bells and whistles around my pictures come out looking like the ones my hubby takes with his phone.
Well, I can tell you with all certainty that this guy HAS read the manual to his fancy-smancy camera and he DOES know how to use his bells and whistles. I mean REALLY knows how to use them. These are pictures of my girly-girls playing and jumping and just being themselves at home. I love the idea of lifestyle photography.... It is so laid back and relaxed. It is real. I mean, when you look at the posed, professional photo of the whole fan-dam dressed alike with the pasted on perma-grin if you are the mother in the group all you can think about is ... all the time it took to pick out the matching clothes in a color that would look good on everyone, and that everyone would be willing to wear without pulling too many teeth. (some teeth are ok) The stress of making it to the studio on time with teeth brushed, hair combed, wrinkle free, trying to hide the tears that have run down the toddlers face because it just happens to be the one day that she missed her nap in three weeks and everything is causing a melt down. Trying to remain calm when the photographer tells you to "act like you like each other!" When you know that hubby left you inside the house to fin for yourself with the curling iron that just happens to have a long cord, a 6 year old, a toddler and two dogs while he patiently waited in the car all while honking in two minute intervals. Oh, and you had to apply your make up in the car on the ride to the studio, so you did not notice the foundation was not all the way rubbed in on the left cheek, until you went to look at the proofs. Fuming that no one bothered to tell you. And even if the only other two adults at the shoot were men, you are quite certain that it was noticeable if it showed up in the proofs! Well, no more for me thank you..... I am taking the easier road of my own back yard, a chair from my own bedroom pulled outside last minute, uncoiffed hair, and shoeless sister love. This guy, Jonathon Campbell has shown me the light, and I am never going to the dark side again. Best photo shoot ever.
Heck, I wouldn't even call it a shoot, more like a photo hug.
Ok, Ok, enough of that. I know.
I mean look at these pictures.....
Would you rather have these memories,
or the memories of the afore mentioned story?These pictures made me consider reading fancy's manual....
(I said consider)
Yep, photo talent envy! And photo talent LOVE!
Check Jonathan out at his website

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cloche Encounters

I am a collector.
I love the thrill of the hunt, and I love new and creative ways to display my collections.
So, in my quest to marry my collections to displays I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with all that is cloche.
Here are just a few that make my heart skip a beat! Can you even imagine going to a tag sale in the french countryside, and walking up to this? Hows about a metal cloche?
If I had a green house, I think I would love the idea of green glass in my green house. Celebrating all that my green thumb could do! Alas, I do not have a green house, I do not have green glass, and I certainly do not have a green thumb.
I know it is not even near Christmas, and the last thing we want to think about is decorating for said holiday, but holy holiday this is a great grouping of cloches.
I love the idea of growing a garden and rushing out before a frost to cover my plants with my collection of cloches. Hey, wait a minute the cloche was not supposed to become a collection, but a way to display an existing collection. How did that happen? Oh yeah, I am a collector, and it is just part of my nature that can not possibly be helped.
How about a little funky modern to the mix!
Such a modern twist on an old faithful!
no need for words here....
Did I mention I collect old scales for my kitchen?
How about a little Asian twist on the cloche?
I am a shoppe keeper, so this just tickled my fancy as a great way to display the candles we sell.
So sweet when paired with a desert pedestal....
Did I mention that I collect old clocks?
I would love this on my dining table for Spring. Notice the mushrooms. A great alternative to the expected flower.I think this is my favorite of all.
LOVE this industrial look paired with the architectural pieces and again with my old clock collection.
I feel an office make-over coming on!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Had a Matilda Jane party yesterday. So much fun! Coolest girls EVER shopping for the coolest clothes EVER, hosted by the coolest trunk keeper EVER. Thanks Liz for all the fun! Can I just say, this line has changed my family's wardrobe forever!
I adore this line and I adore the designer/creators blog. This gal has it goin' on. Creativity pouring out of her! You can view her blog at Matilda Jane Clothing Rocks blog.
You can view the line of clothes at Here are some samples of this dreamy line! Beware, before clicking on the website, you will be forever addicted.